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During the fall and spring terms the Mechanical and Materials Engineering Department offers a 1 credit seminar, ME 507/ME 607. Speakers from industry and other universities speak on various topics that relate to mechanical engineering. Students must take one term of seminar during their course of study--but are encouraged to attend the weekly seminars every term they are offered, even if they are not registered for credit. All seminars will be held in EB 510 unless otherwise noted. 

Students in ME 507/607 are expected to attend a minimum of 7 of the 9 seminars. Student attendance is monitored via a sign-in sheet. If you need to make up a seminar attendance you may do so by attending another university-sponsored, technically-focused seminar such as those offered in the Sciences, other Engineering Departments, or Architecture. Verification of attendance is demonstrated by submitting a 1 page summary of the presenter’s key points within 1 week after the seminar.

Seminar Date Speaker Name & Affiliation Title of Presentation

October 2

Alexa Van Eaton, US Geological Survey

Volcanic plume dynamics and electrical activity during the April 2015 eruption of Calbuco Volcano, Chile - Implications for monitoring ash hazards

October 9

Don Pettit, NASA

Held in Room PNT 102 (University Pointe Building)  

Techno - Stories from Space

October 16

Sourabh Apte, Oregon State University


October 23



October 30 Marc Calaf, University of Utah

November 6

Stephen Solovitz, Washington State University - Vancouver


November 13



November 20



November 27

PSU CLOSED:  In observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday


December 4

Luciano Castillo, Texas Tech University